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MSc International Tourism Management

Course Description

The International Tourism Management programme will equip you with the skills and insights required to work in the diverse and dynamic tourism sector. Our stimulating and challenging programme takes a broad approach to understanding tourism and its relationships with the economy, environment and society, within a broad business-based curriculum.

Our curriculum is international in scope and you will develop an ability to think critically about the relationship between tourism and management in a range of contexts and across a range of functions e.g. marketing, business evaluation, strategy and applied research.

Throughout our MSc, there is a strong emphasis on sustainability which positions people and the environment at the centre of tourism development. The programme is delivered by a world-class team, highly respected for tourism research, consultancy and leading academic publications.

Our dissertation module is the flagship of our programme, where you get to demonstrate and apply all the knowledge and skills you have acquired to study a contemporary tourism management issue of your choice. We encourage students to pick a dissertation subject that not only interests them, but is directly related to the kind of employment they are looking to secure following their graduation. Added to that, you can opt for our Work Based Learning module which allows students to work with a tourism business client in a consultancy role.

By the end of the programme you will have the knowledge to understand and critically evaluate theories at the cutting edge of tourism research alongside data analysis skills that will enable you to predict the changing patterns of tourism demand and tourist behaviour. Graduates from the MSc International Tourism Management are well placed to find positions with international tourism corporations and businesses as destination managers and marketers, consultants, hotel and event managers as well as tourism development, planning and impact assessment roles in the private and public sectors.

Study abroad and gain a second Masters qualification

The double degree option enables you to gain a second Masters qualification by studying for a year with one of our prestigious partner universities. For more information on this and other postgraduate study abroad opportunities, visit the Business School’s Study Abroad webpages. (http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/studyabroad/)

Programme structure

During the programme you will study modules (including the dissertation) totalling 180 credits. Please note that programme structures may be subject to change. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the Business School postgraduate module list http://business-school.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/postgraduate/modules/ .

Compulsory Modules

Examples of compulsory modules: tourism business: management, impacts and evaluation; tourist behaviour: theory and practice; methods and techniques for independent research; strategy; tourism and marketing; dissertation.

Optional Modules

Examples of optional modules: sustainable tourism management; managing operations; principles of international business; marketing strategy; international human resource management; work-based learning; entrepreneurship: new venture development; managing in a multinational context; digital business models.

Visit the MSc International Tourism Management page on the University of Exeter website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Pham Thi Hoan Hao

3936.jpg Choosing a good university to study my Masters Degree has always been a great concern of mine. When looking into the top ranking Business Schools that provide leisure and hospitality courses, the University of Exeter Business School appealed to me straightaway for both its academic reputation and its friendly environment. The Business School also offers a wide range of scholarships to support and encourage students and I am lucky enough to be a recipient.

During my time at Exeter, I have had the chance to meet friends from all over the world and take part in many different activities. The diversity here has given me a better understanding of different cultures and I have to say that I am having one of the best times of my life, enjoying everything that the Business School offers me.

A particular highlight of my course has been the field trip we took to Dartmoor National Park in order to examine the concept of 'Sustainable Tourism'. This was a really enjoyable day and also a brilliant way to see the real world applications of what we learn in the lecture theatres.

There is a lot of support available here for students and I am very impressed by the teaching quality. All my lecturers are passionate about their modules and happy to give me help whenever I am in need. Notably, Dr Joanne Connell and Professor Tim Coles are two lecturers who have impressed me with their in-depth understanding of the tourism sector and with their willingness to support students. Dr Joanne Connell has also arranged several conferences with guest speakers that help us to expand our knowledge and our networks.

The Business School Career Zone holds many events, which are really helpful in preparing students with the necessary knowledge and skills to find employment. A wide range of information is provided regarding writing CVs, presentation skills and interview preparation.

I’m involved with the Student-Staff Liaison Committee, which allows me to represent my course mates and their opinions. I am very proud and grateful to be a part of the Committee and have the chance to meet other students and contribute to improving student experience at the University of Exeter."


Funding for Postgraduate Study - 20+ Awards

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships and studentships for talented students. For 2016 entry, the total value of scholarships for taught postgraduate programmes exceeds £500,000. This is in addition to over 100 PhD studentships we make available each year.Students who reside in England and are interested in our Masters programmes can now take advantage of the UK government's postgraduate loan scheme which offers loans of up to £10,000.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Varies, but most awards are competitive and merit-based.

Application Procedure

Please see the details of each scheme as listed in our search: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/studying/funding/search

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a good Honours degree (2:1 or equivalent) in a related discipline. View Website

Course Fees

See our web site for more information (click on "Finance") View Website

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